Terry Francona

American baseball manager Terry Francona

Terrance Jonathon Francona, nicknamed "Tito," is the current manager of the Cleveland Indians of Major League Baseball. He was a first baseman and outfielder in the majors from 1981 to 1990. After retiring as a player, he managed several minor league teams in the 1990s before managing the Philadelphia Phillies for four seasons. In 2004, Francona was hired to manage the Boston Red Sox, and that year he led the team to its first World Series championship since 1918.
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Indians Set American League Winning Streak Record
NPR - 5 months
The Cleveland Indians now have the longest winning streak in American League history following their 5-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers this afternoon at Progressive Field. Manager Terry Francona says he thinks the winning streak means more since the team has focused just on winning one game at a time. “Our guys are playing the game to win the right way, so that part is really meaningful. They should enjoy what they’re doing. It’s pretty special.” The victory eclipsed the twenty-game win streak set by the 2002 Oakland Athletics. Thursday, they can break the record among all current Major League Baseball teams of 21 games set by the Cubs in 1935. Correction: This story originally indicated that the Indians had an opportunity to break the record for most consecutive wins in Major League Baseball history on Thursday night against the Kansas City Royals. That record is held by the 1916 New York Giants at 26.
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Kluber helps Indians to franchise-record 15th straight win
ABC News - 6 months
CHICAGO -- The Cleveland Indians didn't need much help to match last season's team-record 14-game winning streak, batting .317 and pitching to a 1.86 ERA over the last two weeks. No. 15 was over almost before it started. Cleveland jumped all over emergency starter Mike Pelfrey for seven runs in the first three innings and Corey Kluber struck out 13 in seven innings of three-hit ball on Thursday night, helping the Indians win their franchise-record 15th consecutive game, 11-2 over the Chicago White Sox. Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run homer in the first inning and Cleveland went deep five times in becoming the first major league team to win 15 straight since the 2002 Oakland A's. "The winning streak is enjoyable and I think it's got people's attention, which gives me a chance to maybe brag on our guys a little, which I love," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "Other than that, we just go play tomorrow. "The Orioles are already sitting back home waiting...
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Indians manager Terry Francona is resting at home following heart procedure
LATimes - 8 months
Indians manager Terry Francona is resting at home following a heart procedure and four-day hospital stay. Francona was released from the Cleveland Clinic on Friday night, one day after undergoing a cardiac ablation for an irregular heartbeat. Francona returned to his downtown residence during...
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Update on Indians manager Terry Francona
Fox News - 8 months
Doctors have ruled out any major health issues at this point.
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Francona Says the 2019 All-Star Game Will Reaffirm All That's Good About Cleveland
NPR - about 1 year
Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game is coming back to Cleveland. The Indians announced today that they’ll host the 2019 All-Star Game. During a previously scheduled appearance at Cleveland’s City Club today, manager Terry Francona called it a great opportunity, not just for the team. “It’s going to be wonderful for the city of Cleveland. For the downtown, for people with businesses, restaurants, bars. It’s also, I think, a time for Cleveland to show just who we are, how we conduct ourselves, how we act. Let the world see that, and I think it’s going to be wonderful. Let the world see that. It’s a celebration of baseball, but I think it will end up being a celebration of baseball.” This will be the sixth time Cleveland hosts the All-Star Game. The last time was 20 years ago. The year, 2019, also marks the 25 th anniversary of Progressive Field.
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Francona, Roberts named Managers of the Year
Yahoo News - over 1 year
(The Sports Xchange) - Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona and Los Angeles Dodgers skipper Dave Roberts were named the American League and National League Managers of the Year in a vote by members of the Baseball Writers Association of America, it was announced on Tuesday. Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister finished second in the American League voting, with Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter third.
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With Francona and Santana in Place, The Cleveland Indians Hope For Next Year
NPR - over 1 year
The Cleveland Indians front office held its first press conference today since their World Series loss to the Chicago Cubs. Indians President Chris Antoinetti and General Manager Mike Chernoff say they are excited for the future of the team. Antonetti says the bulk of the roster will remain in place next year. The Indians have exercised options that keep Manager Terry Francona with the team through 2020, and Carlos Santana through next season. “The thing that gives us confidence is that we have the bulk of our roster returning. We do have some key decisions and some key free agents in Mike Napoli and Rajai Davis specifically, but the vast majority of our roster is still going to be here for the foreseeable future and that’s a great foundation to do into the off-season with.” Antoinetti says he is hopeful the team will re-sign Napoli and Davis for next season.
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Contributing Op-Ed Writer: United Loyalties
NYTimes - over 1 year
What a World Series — especially if you’ve played for both the Cubs and Terry Francona.
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Honor in World Series defeat, says Francona
Reuters.com - over 1 year
CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Terry Francona swept the first two World Series that teams he managed played in, but despite losing to the Chicago Cubs in a thrilling Game Seven on Wednesday, the skipper said it was an honor just to have been in such a game.
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Faith in pitchers keeps Indians confident of beating Cubs
Yahoo News - over 1 year
With ace pitcher Corey Kluber on the mound and three rested top relievers in waiting, Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona is confident his team can defeat the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday to win the World Series. The Cubs, trying to win their first title since 1908 to end America's longest sports title drought, ripped host Cleveland 9-3 Tuesday to level the best-of-seven Major League Baseball final at 3-3 and force a winner-take-all showdown Wednesday. Kluber, a right-hander, went 18-9 this season and is 4-1 in the playoffs.
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Terry Francona has options in left field for Indians
LATimes - over 1 year
Once again, Cleveland Indians Manager Terry Francona is torn on what to do in left field.  Carlos Santana isn’t an option for Game 6 of the World Series on Tuesday  at Cleveland.  Francona was forced to start Santana, his regular designated hitter, twice in left at Chicago’s Wrigley Field, where...
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Indians manager Francona tips cap to Cubs
Yahoo News - over 1 year
By Larry Fine CHICAGO (Reuters) - Indians manager Terry Francona had his remarkable World Series record dented a bit with the Chicago Cubs' 3-2 win on Sunday, and he will have to wait at least two days for another crack at his third title. Francona, who steered the Boston Red Sox to a pair of World Series sweeps (2004, 2007), slipped to 11-2 in Fall Classic games but merely tipped his cap to the play of the Cubs, who closed to within 3-2 in the best-of-seven showdown.
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    FIFTIES
  • 2016
    Age 56
    He managed the Indians to the American League Central Division title in 2016.
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  • 2013
    Age 53
    On November 12, 2013, Terry Francona was named as the American League Manager of the Year.
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    Under Francona, the Cleveland Indians finished the 2013 regular season with a record of 92-70, which was a 24-game improvement over the previous year.
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  • 2012
    Age 52
    The Indians chose Francona over Sandy Alomar Jr., who had served as the club's interim manager for the final six games of the 2012 season after Manny Acta was fired on September 27.
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    Francona was hired as manager of the Cleveland Indians on October 6, 2012, and officially introduced on October 8.
    Following the season, the Red Sox declined to exercise Francona's 2012 option.
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  • 2011
    Age 51
    On July 23, 2011, Francona got his 1,000th win as a manager, but his team collapsed historically in September, finishing 7-20 and squandering a nine-game lead over the Rays for the AL Wild Card spot.
  • 2010
    Age 50
    On May 6, 2010, Francona became the fourth person to manage 1,000 games for the Red Sox.
  • FORTIES
  • 2009
    Age 49
    On June 2, 2009, Francona recorded his 500th win as manager of the Red Sox, making him the third manager in club history to have 500 wins.
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  • 2008
    Age 48
    As of October 1, 2008, Francona's career regular-season managerial record was 755–703 (.518), while his post-season record was 22–9 (.710).
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    On February 24, 2008, the Red Sox announced that they had extended Francona's contract.
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  • 2005
    Age 45
    During the 2005 season, Francona was hospitalized after complaining of severe chest pains.
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  • 2004
    Age 44
    As the American League wild card, the Red Sox swept the AL West champion Anaheim Angels, three games to none, in the Division Series. In the 2004 American League Championship Series, the Red Sox fell behind the Yankees, three games to none, including a 19–8 loss in Game 3 at home in Fenway Park.
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    Francona led the Red Sox to a 98–64 record in 2004, the second-best record in the American League behind their biggest rival, the New York Yankees.
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    The Red Sox hired Francona to manage their club in 2004, after Grady Little's contract was not renewed following the Red Sox loss in the 2003 American League Championship Series.
    In 2004, Francona was hired to manage the Boston Red Sox, and that year he led the team to its first World Series championship since 1918.
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  • 2000
    Age 40
    He was fired following the 2000 campaign.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1999
    Age 39
    His best finish with the Phillies was 77–85 in 1999.
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  • 1996
    Age 36
    Francona became third-base coach for the Detroit Tigers in 1996, working under their new skipper, Buddy Bell, a former teammate of Francona on the Reds.
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  • 1995
    Age 35
    He managed in the Dominican Winter League with the Águilas Cibaeñas, and he also won the championship and the Serie del Caribe in 1995–96.
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  • 1993
    Age 33
    As manager of the AA franchise Birmingham Barons in 1993–95, he posted a 223-203 record and won two distinctions: Southern League Manager of the Year in 1993, Baseball America's Minor League Manager of the Year in 1993, and top managerial candidate by Baseball America in 1994, the same year Michael Jordan played for Birmingham. Birmingham won the Southern League championship in 1993.
  • 1992
    Age 32
    In 1992, he ran the South Bend White Sox of the mid-level Class A Midwest League.
  • 1991
    Age 31
    After retiring as a player, Francona began coaching, spending several years in the Chicago White Sox organization. In 1991, he managed the rookie league Sarasota White Sox of the Gulf Coast League.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1989
    Age 29
    He also made an appearance as a pitcher with Milwaukee on May 15, 1989, throwing 12 pitches and striking out one batter (Stan Javier) on three pitches.
  • 1985
    Age 25
    The Expos released Francona after the 1985 season, during which his batting average had slipped to .267 after posting a .346 average in limited action in 1984.
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  • 1982
    Age 22
    Francona married Jacque Lang on January 9, 1982, and they have four children: son Nicholas, and daughters Alyssa, Leah, and Jamie.
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  • 1981
    Age 21
    After briefly playing in the minor leagues, Francona made his major league debut with Montreal on August 19, 1981, a week after the end of that summer's player strike.
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  • 1980
    Age 20
    Francona was drafted in the first round of the 1980 amateur draft by the Montreal Expos, using the 22nd overall selection.
    Francona won the 1980 Golden Spikes Award.
    Francona attended the University of Arizona, where he played college baseball for the Arizona Wildcats baseball team. Francona and the Arizona Wildcats won the 1980 College World Series and Francona was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1970
    Age 10
    Francona grew up in New Brighton, Pennsylvania, about northwest of Pittsburgh, where he got his start in baseball at High School. His father is Tito Francona, who played outfield for several Major League clubs from 1956 to 1970, including Cleveland from 1959 through 1964.
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  • 1959
    Born
    Born on April 22, 1959.
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